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On a recent trip to San Francisco and Austin, Texas, I found myself accompanied by two potential agents of change – Benjamin Barber’s book If Mayors Ruled the World and a newly appointed Swedish city mayor, Niklas Nordström. The former has the power to inspire and empower local politicians who wish to take on big challenges. The latter – who has recently taken charge in the city of Luleå – is exactly the type of mayor who has the power to lead change.
The ability of cities to shape national strategies should not be underestimated – they can help address up to two-thirds of a country’s policy issues. For instance, one of the more influential city networks, the C-40 Group, is on track to reduce its members’ carbon dioxide emissions by 248 million tonnes by 2020 – equivalent to the total greenhouse gas emissions of Portugal and Argentina combined.
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